By Daniela Giampapa-Bendayan
The common denominator of a humorist with great success and popularity is a very active nightlife, frequent nightclubs, and his day to day is an “eternal party”. David Comedia is the exception of the rule. He prefers to stay at home and share with his family to going to red carpets to show himself. He is a family man who prefers to be at home. He doesn’t like nightclubs, in fact. He prefers to have a party in his house, with his artist friends than going out to a nightclub, in this way, he is surrounded by his son Emiliano, 19, his daughter Leticia, 11, and his wife Betzabeth, with whom he has a 20 years marriage.
What is the most difficult thing about having to emigrate?
To accept that I will not see my parents in a long time because they live in Venezuela. It is difficult to achieve so many goals and not have them to share those moments with them.
I arrived 5 years ago to the United States, with $ 200 to a friend’s house. During the day I washed dishes and cars and at night I was a waiter. Being a waiter I had to work in events and see other comedians on stage while I was serving food. You know the frustration it feels, right? They are life experiences.
A month and a half after getting a work permit, I started promoting my show but nobody knew me, nobody went.
How did you go from being the waiter to the humorist on stage?
The last time I worked as a waiter I cut my hand carrying some tables, hit myself against a wall and broke it; the owner of the place, seeing that I was injured, told me that I could not continue working and fired me.
Three years later I was hired to do a show at Doral in the same place where I had worked as a waiter. The owner told me that if she hadn’t fired me that day, I would still be serving tables there. That is why we have to thank God even for the bad things that happen.
I am a great believer in God. Since I arrived in the USA I have learned to put everything in his hands, that gives me peace and quiet. I put everything in God’s hands but I work for my dreams.
That experience taught me a great lesson. Meanwhile I was working as a parking valet. People were already getting to know me, especially through social networks. It happened to me many times that they would call me to do a show and I had to refuse it, although I was going to earn 5 times more than what I earned with the valet parking, but if I was absent from work and I would be fired.
One day Jaime Bayly named me on his show, then interviewed me and things began to change there. When my wife started working as a waitress, I decided to devote myself exclusively to comedy. She didn’t want me to return to comedy. A month later we moved from one room to an apartment and I showed her that dreams could be achieved.
I was on George Harris Show, in El Chinchorro, then I did “La asamblea del Humor,” stands up comedy, recently I did the show “Con el Guiso Dando” and in December I finished a tour that took me almost a year. This year I started with the show “Mesoneros por una noche” with Nelly Pujols. I have many projects for this year.
Tell us about Promesa
It’s a movie that we will begin production in the first quarter of this year in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It’s about people who emigrate from their country promising that they will return but never do. Jhosimar Vasquez is the director and Eugenio Derbez is expected to be the protagonist. I will play the owner of a Venezuelan restaurant.
What takes away your smile and the desire to do humor?
When something ugly happens in Venezuela, when someone is killed in a protest, cases like Neomar Lander.
Why did you stop making political humor?
Because my family in Venezuela asked me and not because they are Chavez supporters.
Did you know that David…?
Always pray before going on stage: “Lord, good Father, this show is for you, put in my mouth the words necessary to make these people laugh here. I bless this place, I bless my work and all the public that came today. ”
Has chlorophobia (phobia to the color green).
Talks to himself when he is alone in the car. Thus he practices voices for his characters.
Suffers from vitiligo so he doesn’t like to go to the beach.
Does not dye his hair and does not wear a toupee.
Listen to his show on radio “Tres con todo” on 305LaRadio.com with Rodolfo Gómez Leal and Clerys Tinedo. Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and follow him on Instagram @DavidComedia
Credits: Elio Borjas Photography